The Kingdom of Thailand has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1984,[3] when it became the second independent nation in Southeast Asia to join the competition, after the Philippines. The award is given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[4]

To date Thailand has submitted twenty-four films to AMPAS for Oscar consideration but thus far no Thai candidate has received an Oscar nomination. Four submissions were directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol, a member of the Thai nobility, and four were directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956.[4] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[5]

Thai Oscar submissions are selected annually by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand. All submissions were made in Thai.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
The Story of Nampoo น้ำพุ Euthana Mukdasanit Not nominated
The Elephant Keeper คนเลี้ยงช้าง Chatrichalerm Yukol Not nominated
Song for Chao Phraya น้องเมีย Chatrichalerm Yukol Not nominated
Once Upon A Time...This Morning กาลครั้งหนึ่ง เมื่อเช้านี้ Bhandit Rittakol Not nominated
Daughter 2 เสียดาย 2 Chatrichalerm Yukol Not nominated
Who Is Running? ท้าฟ้าลิขิต Oxide Pang Not nominated
6ixtynin9 เรื่องตลก 69 Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Not nominated
The Moonhunter 14 ตุลา สงครามประชาชน Bhandit Rittakol Not nominated
Monrak Transistor มนต์รักทรานซิสเตอร์ Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Not nominated
Last Life in the Universe เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Not nominated
The Overture โหมโรง Itthisoontorn Vichailak Not nominated
The Tin Mine มหา'ลัย เหมืองแร่ Jira Maligool Not nominated
Ahimsa...Stop to Run[6] อหิงสา จิ๊กโก๋ มีกรรม Kittikorn Liasirikun Not nominated
King of Fire ตำนานสมเด็จพระนเรศวรมหาราช ตอนประกาศอิสรภาพ Chatrichalerm Yukol Not nominated
Love of Siam รักแห่งสยาม Chookiat Sakveerakul Not nominated
Best of Times ความจำสั้น แต่รักฉันยาว Youngyooth Thongkonthun Not nominated
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ Apichatpong Weerasethakul Not nominated
Kon Khon คนโขน Sarunyu Wongkrachang Not nominated
Headshot ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Not nominated
Countdown เคาท์ดาวน์ Nattawut Poonpiriya Not nominated
The Teacher's Diary คิดถึงวิทยา Nithiwat Tharathorn Not nominated
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)[7] พี่ชาย My Hero Josh Kim Not nominated
Karma[8] อาปัติ Kanittha Kwanyu Not nominated
By the Time It Gets Dark[9] ดาวคะนอง Anocha Suwichakornpong Not nominated
Malila: The Farewell Flower[10] มะลิลา Anucha Boonyawatana Not nominated
Krasue: Inhuman Kiss[11] แสงกระสือ Sitisiri Mongkolsiri Not nominated
Happy Old Year[12] ฮาวทูทิ้ง ทิ้งอย่างไรไม่ให้เหลือเธอ Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit Not nominated
The Medium[13] ร่างทรง Banjong Pisanthanakun Not nominated
Director Chatrichalerm Yukol has had four of his films submitted.
Director Chatrichalerm Yukol has had four of his films submitted.
Four films by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang have been submitted.
Four films by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang have been submitted.

The selection committee of the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand generally has chosen movies that highlight key moments in Thai history or important social issues.

See also


A^ : Also shortlisted in 2015: Back to the 90s (Yanyong Kuruangkura), The Blue Hour (Anucha Boonyawattana), F. Hilaire (Surassawadee Chueachart), Heart Attack (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit) and Maebia (Bhandevanop Devakula). Source:
B^ : Also shortlisted in 2016: The Crown (Ekachai Sriwichai), The Island Funeral (Pimpaka Towira) and Snap (Kongdej Jaturanrassamee). Source:
C^ : Also shortlisted in 2017: Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya), Pop Aye (Kirsten Tan) and Song from Phatthalung (Boonsong Nakphoo). Source:
D^ : Also shortlisted in 2018: Die Tomorrow (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit) and Samui Song (Pen-ek Rattanaruang). Source:
E^ : Also shortlisted in 2019: Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng), Nha Haan (Chantana Tiprachart), Norah (Ekachai Sriwichai) and Where We Belong (Kongdej Jaturanrassamee). Source:
F^ : Also shortlisted in 2020: The Cave (Tom Waller), Dew (Matthew Chookiat Sakveerakul), Nemesis (Gunparwitt Phuvadolwisit) and Waning Moon (Arthit Ariyawongsa, Thirakaha Ariyawongsa). Source:


  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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  6. ^ Was replacement entry after Invisible Waves was withdrawn by the FNFAT, according to Soop Sip, 4 October 2006, "Oscar hopeful to open film fest", The Nation, Page 12A (print edition).
  7. ^ "Gay Drama 'Checkers' Selected by Thailand for Oscar Consideration". Variety. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
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